OFFBEAT: Hammond High grad Craig Carlisle wins Daytime Emmy for PBS' "Arthur"

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-06-25T00:00:00Z 2014-06-26T11:23:23Z OFFBEAT: Hammond High grad Craig Carlisle wins Daytime Emmy for PBS' "Arthur"By Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

When PBS took home 12 wins at last Friday's ceremony by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmys, a Hammond High School alum was one of the honored talents taking home gold.

Craig Carlisle, of the Class of 1981, won his Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program for the PBS show "Arthur," the series about the little aardvark with the large glasses who teaches valuable learning lessons. He joined his colleagues, including Executive Story Editor Peter K. Hirsch and fellow writers Jacqui Deegan, Matt Hoverman and Dietrich Smith for the honor.

Nickelodeon won 10 awards, while CBS earned eight at the ceremony held at the Westin Bonaventure, in downtown Los Angeles.

"This evening is a tribute to the hundreds of nominees that raise the bar year-in and year-out of what's possible in Daytime television," said Malachy Wienges, chairman, NATAS.

"With this year's over 1,400 entrants, and the over 1,200 attendees here tonight, it's another great year for Daytime television and the Daytime community."

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmys Ceremony, held Sunday night at the Beverly Hills Hilton, continued the honors for the top 25 categories honoring daytime talk shows, game shows, entertainment news shows and soap operas. This year marked the first time the Daytime Emmys were not broadcast on a major network or cable. Instead, fans were forced to watch the event, hosted by Kathy Griffin (and largely lambasted by critics in the days that have followed), as an Internet broadcast.

Steve Harvey won two awards, for outstanding talk show in the information category and for outstanding game show host for "Family Feud." CBS ratings favorite "The Young and the Restless" won for outstanding drama series, while also evenly splitting up the six soap opera acting awards with NBC's "The Days of Our Lives." ABC's "Good Morning America" (leading in the ratings over NBC's "Today" since 2012) won its first Emmy for outstanding morning program, since 2009. Outstanding Game Show went to "Jeopardy!" and Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Show was "The People's Court." Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment was "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and Outstanding Culinary Host was Bobby Flay for "Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction." Outstanding Lead Actress Drama was Eileen Davidson, "Days of Our Lives" and Outstanding Lead Actor Drama was Billy Miller, "The Young and the Restless," while Outstanding Supporting Actress Drama was Amelia Heinle, "The Young and the Restless" and Outstanding Supporting Actor Drama was Eric Martsolf, "Days of Our Lives." For Outstanding Younger Actress Drama, it was Hunter King, "The Young and the Restless" and Outstanding Younger Actor Drama was Chandler Massey, "Days of Our Lives." An Outstanding Special Class Special was given to "The Young and the Restless: Jeanne Cooper Tribute."

As for our Hammond High grad Carlisle's credits, in 2009, the feature film "Bob Funk" was written and directed by him. Carlisle, the son of Paula and Clayton Carlisle of Schererville, found his first success in front of the camera playing the part of bartender Klaus Vachon in the 2004 comedy film "Looking for Kitty" costarring actor Ed Burns and actress Rachel Dratch and actor Chris Parnell, both of "Saturday Night Live" fame, and directed and written by Burns. After attending Indiana State University and New York University, Carlisle first worked in theater, directing more than three dozen stage productions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He divides his time between LA and New York with his photographer-turned-actress wife Sonya Rokes, after the couple married in June 2008.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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